Events I've worked at

This list below is a sample and includes conferences, seminars, workshops, business meetings, and interviews.

As you can see, I work with all kinds of subjects, from governance to tourism and from law to IT. Here in Georgia the English-Russian interpreting market is too small to allow us the luxury of specialization. But with a broad base of general knowledge and adequate preparation (clients need to send materials in advance, particularly for highly technical conferences!), I can take on nearly any subject matter.


2020

Workshop for Journalists: Environment, Climate, and Sustainable Energy in the South Caucasus; Feb. 25-26, 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: energy, environment

Aarhus Convention follow-up meeting for women working on environmental issues in the Transcaucasus Region and Central Asia; Feb. 4, 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian consecutive interpretation; subject: environment, activism, gender issues

Second expert meeting on using gender analysis of STEPS data to strengthen the NCD response; Jan. 29, 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: healthcare, policy, gender issues

2019

Good Governance Forum 2019: Exploring Innovative Approaches for Combating Corruption; Nov. 29-30, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: governance, corruption

Eurasian Harm Reduction Association Annual Steering Committee and Advisory Board Meeting; Nov. 26-28, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: policy, organizational development

Crisis Management Consular Training; Oct. 30-31, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Ukrainian simultaneous interpretation; subject: management

CEE Roundtable: Social Changes Through Active Trade Union Engagement in European/international policies; Oct. 28-29, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: trade unions, education

"Better Together" Conference of SPAR and Nash Kray Supermarket Franchise Partners; Sept. 9, 2019, Batumi, Georgia
English / Ukrainian / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: business development

EU Outreach Project on the Promotion of Effective Arms Export Controls: Study Visit to Georgia; June 18-19, 2019, Batumi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: arms control, law enforcement

Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Symposium (JUSTRAC): Promoting the Rule of Law in the Post-Soviet Region through State and Non-State Collaboration; June 12-14, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: governance

Parliamentary Oversight: the Power to Hold to Account; June 7, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: governance

EU Arms Trade Treaty Outreach Project II: Second Sub-regional Workshop for Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine; May 23, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: arms control, law enforcement

Workshop on changes, new requirements and the implementation of the new version of EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2017; May 21-22, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: water resource management

Conference on the implementation of community sanctions and measures in Eurasia; May 15-17, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: law enforcement

Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures; May 14, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: agricultural policy

Values in Public Service and Ethics; May 8, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: civil service

8th Annual Women in Policing; April 15-18, 2019, Budapest, Hungary
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: law enforcement

Third Caucasus Dairy Congress
; March 14, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: agriculture, animal husbandry

Fruits and Berries of Georgia: Efficiency of Production and Marketing; March 12, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: agrotechnology

2018

10th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF)
; Dec. 10-12, 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: governance, democratic processes

Knowledge and Innovation Hub on the Enabling Ecosystem for Incorporating Private Sector in Dual-Oriented Technical Vocational Education and Training; Dec. 3-4, 2018, Lopota, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: education

UNHCR Regional Representation in the South Caucasus Regional All-Staff Retreat; Sept. 21-22, 2018, Kobuleti, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: administration, governance

12th International Caucasian Congress on Plastic Surgery and Dermatology; July 6-8, 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: medicine

2017

Devco Women2030 Project: Media Trainings and Toolkit; June 10-12, 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian consecutive & simultaneous interpretation; subject: media, Internet

Meetings with business partners and investors; multiple dates, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian consecutive & simultaneous interpretation; subject: geology, business, finance

Fifth Meeting of the Eastern Partnership's Panel of Statistics on R&D, ICT, and Innovation Statistics; May 22-23, 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: statistics

Conference of Signatory Countries of the Memorandum of Judicial Associations: Performance Evaluation of Judges, Mediation and Juvenal Justice; April 28-29, 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: law, governance

2016

Tbilisi Local Economic Development Forum; Dec. 7-8, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: economics, infrastructure

3 Lines of Defense Forum; Sept. 29-30, 2016, Batumi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: banking

Legal Aspects of Philanthropic Activities workshop; May 23-26, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian consecutive & simultaneous interpretation; subject: law

First meeting of psychology and psychiatry specialists from Tbilisi and Sukhumi working with children witnesses of violence, including domestic violence; May 17-18, 2016, Budapest, Hungary
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: health, governance

2015

Improving international cooperation on cybercrime in the Eastern Partnership region; Dec. 14-16, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: IT, governance

Agricultural potential and food security in Central Asia in the light of climate change; Nov. 11, 2015, Izmir, Turkey
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: agriculture, geography

Prague Process Targeted Initiative Workshop II: Pilot Project 5 on Illegal Migration; June 10-11, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: law, governance

Dialog on Inequalities; Jan. 21-22, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: human rights

2014

Meeting of HR defenders institutions and civil society representatives from Tbilisi and Sukhumi; Nov. 12-14, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: civil society, human rights

Confidence Building Programme Heritage Experts Meeting; Oct. 21-23, 2014, Republic of Macedonia
English / Russian consecutive & simultaneous interpretation; subject: architecture, culture

"Notariat at the Service of Modern Society" International Conference; Sept. 12-13, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: law

2002-2013

Regional electronic communications regulatory framework harmonisation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries; April 24-26, 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia
English / Russian simultaneous interpretation; subject: telecommunications, governance

Meetings with investors; Dec. 3-7, 2012, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, USA
English / Russian consecutive interpretation; subject: agriculture, finance

Fixing and interpreting for River Monsters TV show crew; Sept.-Oct. 2012 (16 days), Somin, Chernobyl, and Kiev, Ukraine
English / Russian / Ukrainian consecutive interpretation; subject: fishing, interviewing

On-the-job halon equipment training, business discussions, and government meetings; Oct. 2004 (10 days), Kiev and Lugansk, Ukraine
English / Russian consecutive & simultaneous interpretation; subject: technical equipment, general business

Meetings with officials and journalists; June 2002, central and southern Ukraine
English / Russian consecutive interpretation; subject: international relations



Fun fact. I interpreted for the first time from English into Russian in 1997 at the tender age of 19. At this point I had been learning Russian for only 10 months. Over the next year and a half I would be asked to do whispered interpretation in a church setting about once a month. Thanks to this regular practice with a predictable subject matter, I was able to gain the foundational skills of listening and speaking simultaneously and of rephrasing rather than translating word-for-word.
(c) 2020 Richard DeLong, interpreter